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Aidan Talcott

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What is something you do that makes you genuinely happy?

I want to know what makes you happy. An activity or something of that sort. Something you always look forward to and that you could see yourself doing all the time. If this thing is NOT your job, then I am curious to find out your reasoning of why it is not. I'll read and respond to all answers. I'm a 18 year old kid about to go into college and responding would really help me out. Thanks.

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  • May 4 2013: I'm impressed at the way you posed the question - It says a bit more about you than know.

    There is a distinction to be made though between doing something you enjoy and being happy.

    In my personal parlance, being happy is a state of mind independent of the activity you're engaged in.

    Enjoying something you're engaged in though is a temporary thing and it can come from different aspects of the job.

    Lets say somebody has some woodworking talent.
    One guy finds pleasure in the precision aspects of it but could care less about what he actually made.
    One guy might be happy because he makes canes that make people see as less of a mobility than a expression of taste.
    One guy just might like the business aspect of production.
    One guy might like the feel of wood.
    One guy might like being an artisan.
    One guy might just enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done a customer that smiles.
    etc

    Enjoying something is easy if you put your mind to it.

    If you want advice - I'd tell you you to find something you have a talent for or an interest in or want to explore or even talk about and pursue it to the best of your ability, always trying to be the best you can. From there you will eventually find a niche or aspect of it that you will enjoy and be able to make a living at.

    You may have to balance expectations and reality though. Everything has a max market value.

    Happiness? - Ok that comes from somewhere else. I think for most, though not everybody, it revolves around love, family, friends, a sense of value to people around you. And it's one of those thing you may not ever come to figure out until later in life = after you've learned a bit about yourself and accept what you learned.

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